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Jesse James

Drags TMZ Boss

Through the Mud

9/14/2010 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jesse James had a total breakdown during an off-road race in Primm, Nevada this weekend -- and sources who know nothing about cars have determined the whole thing is Harvey Levin's fault.

As we previously reported, James threw a HL decal on the side of his badass custom-built racer ... despite multiple warnings that Harvey has a terrible history with cars.

So when the truck was set to make its official debut -- everything went to hell ... meaning the car broke down mid-race and never crossed the finish line.

He may be the size of a leprechaun ... but he's clearly no lucky charm.

TV Chef

Survives Violent Head-On Collision

7/21/2010 5:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A TV chef who barely survived Gordon Ramsay's kitchen is once again lucky to be alive ... after he was involved in a nasty hit-and-run crash that left the cook seriously banged up.

TMZ spoke with Chris Spradley -- one of the culinary competitors on Ramsay's upcoming show "MasterChef" -- who tells us dude was driving home from the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip last week when some dumbass in a minivan blew a stop sign ... and the two vehicles collided.

Spradley -- creator of a beer cheese soup that Chef Ramsay considers "the most disgusting f**king soup I've ever tasted in my life" -- suffered injuries to his ribs and ankle ... but nothing life threatening.

Law enforcement sources tell us the four passengers in the other vehicle were all intoxicated -- and they claim the driver of the van fled the scene. So far, no arrests have been made.

LeAnn Rimes

Involved in One-Cart Accident

12/4/2009 5:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
LeAnn Rimes -- no stranger to ramming into things she's not supposed to -- was at it again today ... but this time the victim was an un-married golf cart.

LeAnn Rimes Involved in One-Cart Accident

According to witnesses at the scene, LeAnn was backing out of a parking spot at The Commons shopping center today in Calabasas, CA when she collided with a security golf cart.

Star CrashesWe're not sure who was at fault -- but we do know there were no injuries and the matter was taken care of privately.

Phelps After Crash

99 Bottle of Beer

on the Wall

8/16/2009 3:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael PhelpsMichael Phelps may not have been at fault for his car accident this week, but he wasn't exactly squeaky clean, either.

Phelps will be cited for driving with an expired license, which was from Michigan, the NY Post is reporting. Phelps will have to appear before a judge, though no date has been set so far.

Phelps also admitted to police he had a beer about an hour before the crash. He was not given a Breathalyzer test on scene.

Phelps was involved in a two-car accident in Baltimore on Thursday. It was ruled the other driver ran a red light, causing the wreck.

Want a More

Simple Life?

6/22/2007 2:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Have you thought about telling your boss to shove it, selling off all your stuff, and hitting the open road with Paris and Nicole's Airstream trailer? Time to go!

That's right, the same 25-foot 2004 Airstream trailer that Paris nearly crashed in "The Simple Life" is up for sale on eBay. Paris put the ding in the rear panel ... long before she was in the ding herself!

Own a piece of TV history ... and get the hell outta town.


Accused of Being Smashed

During Smash-Up

6/14/2007 8:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan is being sued by a man who claims she was drunk when she crashed her Mercedes into his van after leaving the famous Ivy restaurant in West Hollywood in 2005. He is suing both Lohan and The Ivy.

Lohan lawsuit
In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court and obtained by TMZ, Raymundo Ortega claims Lohan, who was 19 at the time, was dining at The Ivy ... "where she consumed alcohol and became intoxicated" minutes before the wreck. The suit alleges that "The Ivy's conduct of serving alcoholic beverages to Lohan was a factor in causing the injuries to Ortega."

Ortega claims that on the day of the accident, Lohan was "driving recklessly" at 60 MPH to avoid having her picture taken by paparazzi and "looking over her shoulder instead of watching the road." As a result, Ortega is suing both The Ivy and Lohan for damages in excess of $200,000.

In the suit, Ortega accuses Lohan of having a history of "racing and speeding with Mercedes Benz high performance car and as a result received several speeding tickets and has been in several accidents."

Reps for Lohan were not immediately available for comment.


Gets 'Crashie'

From Jimmy K.

3/30/2007 12:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Click to return to TMZ.comEddie Griffin collected a trophy for his high profile Ferrari crash -- but it's not necessarily an honor.

On last night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Jimmy gave the questionable road menace a Crashie Award for "Best Celebrity Driver" for his totaling of an Enzo at a charity event this past Monday. Kimmel explained that past winners included the car-seat phobic Britney Spears, and Billy Joel, who once crashed into a house.

Ever appreciative, Griffin thanked "the producer (whose Ferrari was the one he totaled), the director and the manufacturer, 'cuz I'm still here."

So what's next for Griffin now that he's won the coveted golden award? "I'm going to Disneyland!"

Was Griffin's Crash a Hoax?

3/27/2007 6:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Click to return to TMZ.comTMZ is just askin' ... what's wrong with this picture?

Eddie Griffin's ultra-expensive crash in a $1.5 million Ferrari Enzo has been all over television and the Internet today, but could the pricey wipeout really be a brilliant marketing ploy?

In the video obtained by CBS2 News in Los Angeles, it shows the car slamming into a concrete barricade. But, to quote Dr. Henry Lee from the O.J. Simpson case, "Something wrong."

Roll the video and take a close look at the guy standing next to the concrete barrier. He doesn't even flinch as the car comes near. Also, it's pretty interesting that after the crash, Griffin joked it up, saying, "Undercover Brother's good at karate and all the rest of that, but the brother can't drive."

This isn't the first time that one of Daniel Sadek's high-priced cars have been wrecked. During production of his movie, "Redline," two of the producer/real estate investor's expensive Porsche Carrera GTs were totaled during filming. One of the collisions was designed as a stunt. The other was an accident.

Eddie Griffin's publicist, Lori Jonas, told TMZ, "It was not a hoax. Eddie was racing for a charity to promote his upcoming film, "Redline." He got in an accident. He is suffering from neck and shoulder pain as a result of the accident. It was in no way a hoax."

"Undercover Brother" Crashes $1.5 Million Ferrari

3/27/2007 1:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Comedian Eddie Griffin saw his life (and his bank account) flash before his eyes Monday after he smashed a $1.5 million Ferrari Enzo into a concrete wall during a charity event at Irwindale Speedway, leaving the ultra-expensive sports car a smoking pile of twisted metal.

The high-speed collision, captured on tape by KCBS in Los Angeles took place during rehearsals for a charity event called "Race for a Cause." Griffin, who starred in "Undercover Brother" and "Norbit," left the crash scene in an ambulance, although he did not suffer any serious injuries and seemed to be in good spirits.

The luxury automobiles used in the charity event were part of a promotion for the film "Redline," a movie about the high-end world of high-performance sports cars.

Someone Else

Will Die

12/13/2006 3:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Photo montage of Nicole RichieA 17-year-old boy has already died in an SUV driven by a celebrity. Someone else is going to die, and it will happen sooner rather than later.

Nicole Richie's loved ones could easily have been planning her funeral today -- likewise the loved ones of the people driving the right way on the 134 Freeway early Monday morning.

Lane Garrison must be scratching his head today. Why, he must be asking, did he have such bad luck? The fact is, the differentiating factor that makes Garrison a killer and Richie a DUI'er is luck. That's it.

I'm not trying to preach, and I will readily admit that TMZ has prospered off the antics of a group of young celebrities. When Brandon Davis went on his "firecrotch" rant against Lindsay, it was endlessly entertaining. When Paris got in fender-benders, it was so TMZ. And when Britney spread her legs for all the world to see, well it was Internet gold.

But the line has been crossed. The dark side of Hollywood has been revealed in the last month. And really, it's no surprise. There are a lot of young celebs who got really rich and very famous way too soon. The people who surround them are not used to saying "no." These celebs have gotten away with a lot -- mostly small stuff -- for a long time. And each time you get away with something you shouldn't, you get bolder the next time.

These celebs, for the most part, have no compass to guide them. Look at Lindsay Lohan. Her dad used the revolving door at his local jail while her mom was at war with him when she wasn't out partying. Lohan really didn't stand a chance, and it's sad.

So who will save the day and save these kids from disaster? In this town, saviors are awfully hard to come by.

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